To teach your Curly Coated Retriever tricks, even easy ones, you need to get hold of some yummy treats, go to a quiet suitable location and keep the learning sessions to under 15 minutes or your Curly Coated Retriever will start to get bored. Always remember when he gets something right offer him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, just take care not to get him extra fired up or he will lose focus.
Teach your Curly Coated Retriever to offer you his paw
To teach your Curly Coated Retriever to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Now do this again, and after a few practices do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You need to discover that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Curly Coated Retrievers pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Curly Coated Retriever to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of a simpler trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your two fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Curly Coated Retriever will presume you wish to do the paw trick and will grab for the snack with his paw as we instructed him in the previous trick. While he reaches up you state “high five” and offer him the snack. When your Curly Coated Retriever has actually mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be really easy to master and with just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than vocal commands.
Teach your Curly Coated Retriever to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop too high up as you do not really want your Curly Coated Retriever to harm himself while doing the trick. Set your Curly Coated Retriever to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and offer the Curly Coated Retriever the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or under the hoop. If this takes place start once again. Your Curly Coated Retriever desires the treat and will quickly learn that walking around or under does not get it done so he’ll soon start going through it. As soon as he does, say “hoop” and give him the snack. He will soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first started teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually increased it to waist high. In case you own a smaller sized dog you might wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly lift it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Curly Coated Retriever. Have patience with your Curly Coated Retriever and above all, have fun!
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